Beginning with the fall 2007 semester, the Johns Hopkins
and Applied Science Programs for Professionals, known
as EPP, will offer a fully
online master of science degree program in environmental
planning and management
in collaboration with the Department of
Geography and Environmental Engineering.
The program will focus on water resources planning.
"The online curriculum will emphasize the
environmental engineering and science and public policy,
attention on decision-making tools and policy analysis, as
well as the role of
economic factors in environmental management and water
resource planning," said
Hedy Alavi, chair of the EPP master's program in
science and management and assistant to the dean for
international programs in
the Whiting School of Engineering.
This online program in environmental planning and
management, believed to
be the only one of its kind in the nation, is designed for
who are located too far away from Johns Hopkins'
educational centers or who
cannot attend classes because of work or family
commitments. The courses, with
many interactive features, will be delivered entirely over
following the established academic schedule for each term.
A number of courses
offer opportunities for group collaboration. Students can
complete many of the
online requirements asynchronously, meaning the courses can
be accessed at any
time of day.
Allan Bjerkaas, EPP associate dean, said, "Bringing
planning and management degree program online demonstrates
commitment of Johns Hopkins to provide high-tech
educational opportunities to
working engineers, not only in the Maryland region but
throughout the country
and the world."
Program chair Alavi added, "We feel this program will
have a broad appeal
to midcareer environmental managers and water resource
planners at the federal
and state levels, including the U.S. Army Corps of
Engineers, the Environmental
Protection Agency, the Department of Agriculture and their
agencies." The program also is expected to be of interest
to people affiliated
with environmental organizations and consultancies as well
as to international
organizations such as the U.S. Agency for International
Development, the United
Nations Development Program and the World Bank.
The program, which has received approval from the
Maryland Higher Education
Commission, requires completion of 10 one-term courses.
Core courses include
Environmental Impact Assessment, Water Resources
Management, Air Resources
Modeling and Management, and Optimization Methods for
Public Decision Making.
Part of the Whiting School of Engineering, EPP offers
master's degrees in
14 distinct disciplines. More than 2,200 students are
currently enrolled in
programs at seven education centers throughout the
Baltimore/Washington area and
For more information on EPP programs, go to www.epp.jhu.edu or